St. Vincent at Radio City in 2008 (more by Eric M. Townsend)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
St. Vincent, Holly Herndon @ Terminal 5
St. Vincent's new album continues to hone the formula she's been perfecting over the past few years, and it's some of her most accessible stuff to date. This is her biggest NYC show yet (sold out), and if you're going, it's worth catching the experimental sounds of Holly Herndon too.
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Disappears @ Bowery Ballroom
Fresh off his strongest solo album in some time, Malkmus brings his arch wordplay and occasionally jammy indie rock to NYC for two sold-out shows. If you're going tonight, don't miss Chicago's krauty, punky Disappears.
Touche Amore, mewithoutYou, Seahaven, Caravels @ Le Poisson Rouge
This is a stacked show, co-headlined by post-hardcore rippers Touche Amore, whose most recent LP, Is Survived By, was one of our favorite albums of 2013, and longer-running shapeshifters mewithoutYou who have done post-hardcore, art rock, indie folk and more in their decade+ career. If you're going, be sure to get there early for Caravels, who are a very promising newer band if you're into Touche's style of post-harcore. They're on early, 7:30 PM.
Torche, Sannhet, Vulture Shit @ Saint Vitus
Torche are as powerful as any good sludge band around these days, and with songs you can really sing along to and sugary riffs that don't leave your head, they're easily one of the most addictive too. And they rip live, so this sold out show should be a great one. Good local support from post-black metal specialists Sannhet and guitar-less punks Vulture Shit.
Saul Williams, Mivos Quartet @ Merkin Concert Hall (Ecstatic Music Fest)
For tonight's installment of the Ecstatic Music Festival, spoken word artist Saul Williams is joined by local string quartet Mivos Quartet, for what should surely be an interesting evening of colliding genres.
Comeback Kid, Backtrack, Xibalba, To the Wind, Downpresser @ Santos Party House
Canadian hardcore band Comeback Kid return to NYC tonight, and they've brought along some solid support including the Madball/Obituary worshippers Xibalba.
Steve Earle @ City Winery
Having worked inside and outside the music industry, country survivor, protest singer and occasional actor Steve Earle plays one more City Winery show tonight, this one is all-request and all sold out..
Neighbors, Incan Abraham, Cultfever, Cold Fronts @ Baby's All Right
LA-via-NY indie pop band Incan Abraham have been putting out EPs and singles for a few years now, and they're set to release their debut full length, Tolerance, on April 8 via White Iris. Tonight's also a record preview for Neighbors' new LP, Failure. Both bands skew towards widescreen, anthemic pop.
Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers, Larkin Grimm, Gretchen Lohse @ Trans Pecos
An intense performer, Shilpa Ray doesn't let you just idly watch her. Not that you could. She's also likely the most aggressive harmonium player you've ever seen. Her latest EP, It's All Self Fellatio, came out last year on Nick Cave's Bad Seed Ltd. label.
Les Claypool's Duo de Twang @ McKittrick Hotel
Les Claypool and pal Bryan Kehoe rework Primus and Frog Brigade songs in a bluegrass/skiffle motif. This is Duo de Twang's first of two sold-out McKittrick shows.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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